Local carer centres

Last updated: 16 September 2020

Local carer centres are independent charities that offer practical support, advice and information for you as carer in your local area – either by phone, drop-in or outreach surgeries.

Find a carer centre

Your GP, district nurse, health visitor or social worker can put you in touch with a carer centre. You don't need to be referred – you can just drop in during opening hours.

Find your local carer centre and other local support on Care Information Scotland.

What help can I get at a carer centre?

Carer centres can help you with:

  • information and advice – on things like benefits, training, short breaks, support services and advocacy

  • emotional support – talk with trained staff, volunteers and other carers who understand your situation

  • community consultation – giving carers a unified voice to have an impact on local, regional and national decision-making

  • activities for yourself – including time out from caring, breaks, relaxation therapies, and the opportunity to enjoy your own social life

Your local carer centre may also provide training on subjects like:

  • continence care
  • finding your way around the care system
  • protecting yourself from harm, stress or depression
  • finding time and space for yourself
  • dealing with challenging behaviour
  • planning for the future
  • financial planning